As I was working on my Bible study homework today, I suddenly remembered the days when the only place I read my Bible was in the bathroom.
Now I enjoy a cup of coffee , propped up in my comfy bed. But back when I had 2 and 3 small kids, I often felt guilty for how my spiritual discipline seemed to have gone to the wayside. (The Bible apps we have now would have been amazing back then! A quick screen shot even lets me share a passage I’m reading with a friend or on social media. I love the Bible Gateway app!)
Then one day, when chatting about this with a mom further along on the motherhood path about this guilt, she quoted a verse to me:
Isaiah 40:11 New International Version (NIV)
11 He tends his flock like a shepherd:
He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
he gently leads those that have young.
So you know what I did back then?
I started leaving a Bible in the bathroom. Perhaps not a very holy place to set it, but it meant I read it a lot more often! If God looked gently on those with littles, I was going to be a little more gentle with myself. And you know what I found?
God could speak to me, even in the bathroom.
So today, I wanted to say especially to young moms, but really to anyone: if your spiritual practice is not what you wish it was, find moments to read the Bible, to pray. Grab an app to make it easier. Find any moments. Short moments.
God is in those too. ~xo